Lies From The Past: A Viet Nam Tale


Four soldiers in a “war” that wasn’t really a war: Viet Nam 1969.

Corp. David Canfil, Pvt. Kevin Simpson, “Bill-but-they-call-him-John” Dalton, Special Ops, and Lt. “Mother Macon” Hardy shared in the joys of love and the horrors of war as young men far away from home.

Forty years later, they reunite to visit the Viet Nam Memorial in Washington, D.C., and realize they must go back to Viet Nam to face the aftermath of the lies that they told and they lies that they were told, which have resulted in both tragedy and redemption in the lives of many people across the world.

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Lies From The Past: A Viet Nam Tale

A Novel by Vicki Smart Penhall featuring Poetry and Photography by Wm. Stephen Edwards, Viet Nam Veteran

Lies often come in threes: lies we tell, lies told to us and truth unspoken. In Lies From The Past: A Viet Nam Tale, oilman David Canfil is deeply impacted by all three kinds as he faces cancer and extraordinary wealth.

A wounded warrior in the Viet Nam War, David has faced life with a missing leg and shrapnel scars, distracted only by a cutting-edge robotic prosthesis and a demanding career in Dallas, Texas. Keeping his cancer a secret, David calls upon his war buddies to visit the Viet Nam War Memorial, known as The Wall.

While visiting the Memorial Mall, events leads the veterans from the Willard International Washington Hotel by LearJet to Ho Chi Mihn City on various personal quests. The quantum physicist, Kevin, wants to go back to his Vietnamese bride in Dalat; the university professor, Macon, wants to defend his position on war; the homeless junkie, Dalton, wants to face his demons; the holistic healer, Pham, wants to go home; and David’s dying wish is to find the woman he thought had died.

Their adventures in modern Viet Nam are part drama and part science fiction as time travel and Buddhist enlightenment interface with Catholic nuns and a cowboy from West Texas.

ISBN 978-0-9836337-1-6

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Weight 30 oz
Dimensions 7.25 × 4 × 1 in